Storms Blow Baby Owls From Nests

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The high winds early last week and the weekend snowstorm left eight baby great horned owls without a home.

Six babies were brought to the Eagle Valley Raptor Center in Cheney last week after fierce winds carried the parents into electrical lines, killing the owls.

Two more were adopted after the weekend snow storm buried the babies.

Ken Lockwood, owner of the Raptor Center, said he's caring for the birds until they grow old enough to live in the wild on their own.

"I feel like the octuplet dad," Lockwood said. "These are my octuplet owls. So octo mom doesn't have anything over me."

Lockwood cares for the animals by feeding them mice. The babies swallow the mice whole, and the stomach breaks down dinner.

"These guys are tremendous eaters," Lockwood said. "They will eat about twice what an adult will because they are growing.

Lockwood's babies eat 50 to 60 mice a day. An expensive project that costs about $30 a day. He said he hopes to get public donations to help with the costs.

Lockwood plans to keep the owls for about two months, and then release them into the wild.

For more information on the Lockwood Eagle Valley Raptor Center, or to make a donation, click on the link below.

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